Discussing unprecedented cold weather in North Carolina, this article addresses the winters of 1857 and 1893, both of which produced complete river freezes within the state, an uncommon occurrence for this region of the country.
After environmentalists fought the construction of a dam on the New River, it was added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1976. Many houses were then built on the banks of the river because of its beautiful scenic reputation. Critics claim today that preventing the dam inadvertently caused development on the river, ultimately undercutting its beauty.
The author presents the history and appeal of the Toe River Valley, which is a valley by virtue of its drainage system and the high mountain ranges, such as the Black Mountains, Blue Ridge, and Unakas, that hem it in. The article highlights some of the popular tourist attractions in the area.
Touted by the author as the only North Carolina river running within state borders and depositing directly into the ocean, it played a role in historical events such as the Civil War and the region’s more recent industrial development. Gerard’s personal value was created by a journey on this waterway with three friends that proved challenging, dangerous, and exciting.